The highly publicized miniseries The Kennedys, starring Katie Holmes as Jackie Onassis and Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy, has been canceled by The History Channel after deeming it historically inaccurate despite previously claiming their own history experts vetted the controversial script before filming. The Hollywood Reporter reports:
“Upon completion of the production of The Kennedys, History has decided not to air the 8-part miniseries on the network,” a rep for the network tells The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. “While the film is produced and acted with the highest quality, after viewing the final product in its totality, we have concluded this dramatic interpretation is not a fit for the History brand.”
Apparently the show was being developed by Joel Surnow, the ultra-conservative creator of FOX’s 24 and in a way, Jack Bauer’s father even though to suggest such a thing is blasphemy because Jack Bauer headbutted his way into existence. Anyway, I’m pretty liberal, but if someone writes dialog where JFK says he needs to bang chicks every day or else he gets migraines – which they did – I’m gonna nod my head and go, “Yeah, that sounds about right,” not, “Oh, heavens, Lord, they tarnished the good man’s legacy.” John F. Kennedy had lots of sex, people. Let’s embrace it. Write it in textbooks. Build a monument of him bending over Marilyn Monroe, goddammit! And if you want to be all PC about it, we can build one of Jackie O. in curlers and a bathrobe holding a rolling pin even though I don’t see how that’s going to cook a delicious roast.
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